Missing family from Texas found in Escanaba
By JENNY LANCOUR
For The Daily News
ESCANABA – A missing family from Texas – being sought by the FBI and El Paso police – were located in Escanaba minus one family member. A five-month-old child remains missing.
Jeffrey Farrey, 22, and his wife, Jenna Farrey, 20, of El Paso, Texas, were arrested and lodged in the Delta County Jail after police located them at the Eagle’s Nest Motel in Escanaba early Sunday morning.
The couple, along with their two children – 19-month-old Blake Farrey and five-month-old Jackson Farrey – were reported as “endangered” and “missing and unaccounted for” by the El Paso Police Department on Friday.
The police department’s Crimes Against Persons (CAP) was working in conjunction with the FBI to locate the family, according to a news release issued by El Paso police.
“As the investigation has moved forward, CAP detectives have learned that Jeffrey Farrey, Jenna Farrey and Black Farrey were located and taken into custody at a motel within the continental United States during the early morning hours of Sunday,” stated the news release.
“The Dodge Charger in which they were traveling in has also been located. The whereabouts of five-month-old Jackson Farrey remain unknown,” the news release stated.
Jenna Farrey is lodged in the Delta County Jail on one count of fugitive from justice, a charge coming from the El Paso Police Department, according to district court records. Jeffrey Farrey was lodged in jail on a federal military charge.
According to Delta County Prosecutor Steve Parks, “He has a hold placed on him by the military. She has a hold placed on her by the probation authority in El Paso.”
Parks added it appears Jeffrey Farrey has an AWOL charge against him for being absent without official leave.
They remain in jail pending their extraditions back to Texas. Extradition hearings have not yet been scheduled in Delta County District Court. The couple’s 19-month-old son has been placed in the care of the local Child Protective Services.
Investigation continues into the disappearance of the couple’s five-month-old son, according to Escanaba Public Safety, which assisted the El Paso Police Department in finding the “endangered” missing Farrey family.
“El Paso Police Department contacted Public Safety requesting the assistance after learning the family may be in the Escanaba area,” said Escanaba Det. Darin Hunter in a news release. When contacted by The Daily Press of Escanaba, the detective declined to say why the family was considered “endangered.”
Hunter did confirm a Michigan State Police Forensic Lab Team, seen at the Eagle’s Nest Motel on Sunday, was aiding in the investigation.
According to KDBC in El Paso, the couple’s landlord in Texas said he found a suicide note from the couple stating “they were having financial problems and will take their lives, and that their bodies will be found soon.”
The news station also reported the El Paso Police Department had found the note but would not disclose what it said.
Agencies assisting Escanaba Public Safety at the motel scene were the state police, the Delta County Sheriff Department and Child Protective Services.
The couple is said to have also stayed at the Lakeside Motor Inn in Gladstone on Friday night, confirmed an employee there who checked in the husband and the wife that night.
Anyone with information on the investigation is being asked to contact the El Paso Police Department at 915-832-4400 or call the Crimes Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477.
According to the El Paso Times website, jail records show “Jenna Farrey was arrested on July 24, 2012, for abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return. The indictment used to charge her states that she left Blake Ferry, who was about three-months-old at the time, in an apartment without adult supervision. The indictment said she did intend to return.
“She pleaded guilty on Jan. 23 and was given five years of community supervision, or probation. According to court documents, Jenna Farrey violated her probation by failing to remain in El Paso County, failing to inform her supervising officer of her residence and violating curfew,” stated the El Paso Times website.
The newspaper also reported Jeffrey Farrey is a specialist at Fort Bliss Army Base, Texas.